Health Care Costs

Health Care Costs

Costly new procedures, lack of coordinated care, and incentives to over-prescribe and over-treat: understanding our spiraling health care costs

Health care costs in this country are on an unsustainable trajectory: Years of percentage increases are crushing family, corporate and government budgets. Many elements included in last year’s Affordable Care Act are intended to reduce the rate of increase, but even if all goes according to plan, costs are likely to continue to rise. Health care experts join us to talk about some of the many factors driving costs ever upward such as our fee for service model, chronic disease management, and an overall lack of transparency. Join us to discuss health care costs ...and what needs to change.

Guests

Dr. John Wennberg

founding director, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and author of "Tracking Medicine: A Researcher's Quest To Understand Health Care"

Daniel Callahan

senior research scholar and president emeritus, The Hasting Center and author of "Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care System"

Karen Ignani

president and CEO, America's Health Insurance Plans

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